Justineo sprints away with the Listed Scarbrough StakesPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Varian's good run continues with Justineo
Report: Doncaster, Thursday
Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes (Listed), 5f, 2yo+
ROGER VARIAN'S rich vein of form continued on the opening day of Doncaster's St Leger meeting, as Justineo made just about every yard of the running to land the Listed Scarbrough Stakes.
Despite reporting that some of his string had been struck by a "foreign bacteria" in August, the stable's runners have bounced back to form with a vengeance this month, Justineo becoming Varian's seventh winner from ten runners in September, with the other three all placing second.
Justineo had been among those affected by the bug according to Varian but was back in rude health as be bounced out of stall six under William Buick to lead the majority group in the centre.
Judge 'N Jury, Bungle Inthejungle and Swan Song decided to come stands' side but it made little difference to the result as Justineo maintained a relentless gallop to score a comfortable win.
Masamah, 4-1 joint-favourite with the winner, finished best of the rest to take second with Judge 'N Jury well clear of his group and third overall.
"He's going to be a force to be reckoned with," said winning jockey William Buick. "He ran great at Goodwood last time but the ground was an unknown today. He proved he handles anything now."
Varian added: "He had a little break after finishing third in the King George Stakes as like a few of mine he wasn't right. I was just hoping his fitness would hold out. He's only four and hopefully can continue to improve now I've worked out what his trip is."
Borderlescott, making his 72nd appearance at the age of 11, would have been unsuited by the pre-race rain but stayed on well for fifth.